• Fire burns home in Albany

    Fire burns home in Albany
    ALBANY — City firefighters are at the scene of a smoky fire at a home on West Lawrence Street.
  • After a three-month extension, the tax deadline is Wednesday

    After a three-month extension, the tax deadline is Wednesday
    CLIFTON PARK — Michelle Bauer recalls how the volunteer tax preparers at Captain Community Human Services were trying to cope with the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic."We were trying to figure out how to do this," the nonprofit's marketing and development manager said. No one knew whether the preparers, many of whom were over 60, should even be touching the papers that clients would drop off. In March and April, as Covid-19 was surging in New York, it wasn't clear how long the virus mi
  • Union College's chief diversity officer departs

    Union College's chief diversity officer departs
    SCHENECTADY — Union College's chief diversity officer is leaving the college for another opportunity at a time when a heated conversation between Union's administration and a group of current and former students aiming to create a safer environment for Black and brown students on campus is underway.After 22 years in various leadership positions at the Schenectady private school, Gretchel Hathaway, who also serves as dean of Diversity and Inclusion and chief diversity officer, will be leavi
  • Jason Gough's forecast: Humid and muggy day; scattered thunderstorms tonight

    Jason Gough's forecast: Humid and muggy day; scattered thunderstorms tonight
    What was Tropical Storm Fay is no more, but we're not done with rain for the day. Humidity will be thick through this afternoon and with a push of energy coming in from the west, we're looking at scattered thunderstorms developing and hanging out into this evening. Some of those will be open for business. A break of sorts comes tomorrow with a few isolated/widely scattered storms north of about Ballston Spa but we're back into better coverage on Monday. From there, we dry out for a couple of day
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  • Soul Fire Farm, farming for social justice, plans to expand

    Soul Fire Farm, farming for social justice, plans to expand
    Soul Fire Farm, the Rensselaer County community farm focused on education, social justice and ending racism in the food system, said on Monday that it will undergo an extensive expansion.
  • Hunger Is Worsening. Here Are 7 Ways New Yorkers Are Addressing It.

    Hunger Is Worsening. Here Are 7 Ways New Yorkers Are Addressing It.
    Pastors, theater technicians and nonprofit leaders are repurposing their organizations to create and distribute meals.
  • Victory Church gives anti-violence basketballs adorned with superstar wisdom to Albany courts

    Victory Church gives anti-violence basketballs adorned with superstar wisdom to Albany courts
    Victory Church’s congregations in Colonie and Albany have two new summer projects. It donated $10,000 to the Rensselaer County Boys and Girls Club Camp Adventure this summer. Congregants volunteered to give the campsite a makeover to prep it for kids next year. Rev. Charles Muller said Victory was concerned that the pandemic was denting Camp Adventure coffers because most of the summer program had to be closed due to the pandemic.“The church installed new kitchen appliances,” s
  • County to pay for upgrades to Niskayuna parks

    County to pay for upgrades to Niskayuna parks
    Several town parks are slated for improvements thanks to  grant money from Schenectady County  aimed at supporting parks, recreational facilities, green space and other community projects around the county.The projects, ranging from resurfacing tennis and basketball courts to  more picnic tables and bleachers at town parks, were approved in the fall of 2019, according to a news release.“The District 3 delegation identified a list of recreational improvements we thought would
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  • Mayor directs police brass to weigh discipline in arrest case

    Mayor directs police brass to weigh discipline in arrest case
    SCHENECTADY -- Saying he has concerns with the “thoroughness of the preliminary investigation” involving a patrolman’s arrest of a city man earlier this week, Mayor Gary McCarthy  directed the police chief and public safety commissioner to consider possible discipline “based upon any department policies that may have been violated.”The latest development comes as the department, along with the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office, conducts an int
  • Mayor directs police brass to weigh discipline against officer

    Mayor directs police brass to weigh discipline against officer
    SCHENECTADY -  Saying he has concerns with the "thoroughness of the preliminary investigation" before a city man was arrested, Mayor Gary McCarthy has directed the police chief and public safety commissioner to consider possible discipline againt the patrolman for violating departmental policy.The latest development comes as the department along with the District Attorney's Office conducts an internal review of the encounter between Officer  Brian Pommer and Yugeshwar Gaindarpersaud Mo
  • Capital Region Gives: Albany's RISSE adjusts programming amid pandemic

    Capital Region Gives: Albany's RISSE adjusts programming amid pandemic
    In lieu of in-person classes RISSE will offer two weeks of virtual programming. Art, cooking and exercise classes will all be hosted via the nonprofit’s youtube channel RISSE Virtual Summer Camp starting July 20.The organization is also responding to new needs that have arisen during the pandemic. On Monday RISSE kicked off its meal delivery service program. Twenty seven families benefit from the meal delivery service, which feeds about 134 children. The program will last for six weeks.
  • Don Carey transferring from Siena basketball

    Don Carey transferring from Siena basketball
    Carey is graduating early with courses this summer, head coach Carmen Maciariello said. He'll be a graduate transfer with two years of eligibility able to play immediately.
  • Troy Council Democrats demand public safety study

    Troy Council Democrats demand public safety study
    TROY – The City Council’s Democratic majority wants to create a “Reimagine Troy Community Justice Services Work Group” to study public safety in the city and how it can best be delivered.The Democrats announced their drive to establish the working group after the July council meeting Thursday night when 58 email messages were received on the topic.
  • NY lawmakers to pursue further rent, mortgage relief

    NY lawmakers to pursue further rent, mortgage relief
    ALBANY - Affordable housing advocates say the tenant protections passed in New York do not go far enough, and are calling on state lawmakers to pass a slate of bills they say will prevent a looming eviction crisis.State legislators joined affordable housing advocates on Friday to unveil three bills that would protect all tenants from eviction, cancel rent and mortgage debt for unemployed tenants and homeowners and provide immediate relief to re-house homeless New Yorkers.
  • Mechanicville hires Saratoga County's highest paid municipal attorney

    Mechanicville hires Saratoga County's highest paid municipal attorney
    MECHANICVILLE – Saratoga County’s highest pay municipal attorneys will be adding to her salary and her workload.Lyn Murphy, the town of Halfmoon’s lawyer and a Saratoga County assistant district attorney, has been hired by the city to do its legal work, Mayor Dennis Baker said. Effective July 1, she will earn $40,000 a year for part-time work. She is already earning $168,242 in Halfmoon and an additional salary as an ADA assigned to Saratoga Springs and Waterford. Both of those
  • Saratoga Springs race course expands charity mask initiative

    Saratoga Springs race course expands charity mask initiative
    SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York Racing Association announced it was expanding its charitable face-mask initiative to include two more non-profits.In addition to Franklin Community Center and Shelters of Saratoga, beneficiaries will now include AIM Services and the SNACpack Program (Saratoga Nutrition Assistance for Children).A three-pack set of washable cloth masks can be ordered for $24.95 at shop.nyra.com. A portion of proceeds will be divided among the beneficiaries.
  • Judge orders temporary shutdown of Bumpy's

    Judge orders temporary shutdown of Bumpy's
    SCHENECTADY –A judge Friday afternoon granted the county's request to temporarily close down Bumpy’s Polar Freeze, according to County Attorney Chris Gardner."If he tries to keep it open, then we can have the county sheriff's office close it down," said Gardner referring the Bumpy's owner David Elmendorf who has refused to close despite being cited for health  and safety violations. "We are pleased with that.He said the defiant Elemendorf, who has mostly remained open despite be
  • Capital Bank reopens two more lobbies

    Capital Bank reopens two more lobbies
    Capital Bank said Friday that it will reopen the office lobbies of two additional branches, at 65 Wolf Road in Colonie and 3057 Route 50 in Wilton, on Monday. The lobbies have been equipped with acrylic-glass shields and accessible hand-sanitizing stations.Customers will need to wear face masks and maintain social distancing.While the regional headquarters at 132 State St. in Albany remains temporarily closed, customers can reach employees there by phone and email. Capital Bank is a division of
  • Saratoga Springs official: Deputy mayor uploaded nonprofit's documents to city website

    Saratoga Springs official: Deputy mayor uploaded nonprofit's documents to city website
    SARATOGA SPRINGS - The city's deputy mayor is responsible for uploading private exit interview documents from the Shelters of Saratoga onto the city's website.Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan who oversees the city's IT department, said that Lisa Shields uploaded the 12 interviews of departing employees from the nonprofit from her personal computer."It was an unintentional and unfortunate accident," Madigan said on Friday.
  • Appeals Court Sends the Case of a Pink $40 Million Diamond to Trial

    Appeals Court Sends the Case of a Pink $40 Million Diamond to Trial
    The diamond, auctioned by Christie’s in 2013, is the subject of an ownership dispute that is making its way through the courts.
  • Siena basketball's Elijah Burns signs with Bulgarian team

    Siena basketball's Elijah Burns signs with Bulgarian team
    He’ll play for BC Rilski Sportist in Samokov, Bulgaria of that country’s highest professional league, the National Basketball League.
  • Albany County exec blasts Walmart, big box stores for lax mask enforcement

    Albany County exec blasts Walmart, big box stores for lax mask enforcement
    Albany County Executive Dan McCoy slammed Walmart and other big box retailers Friday for what he says is their ongoing failure to enforce the state’s mask guidelines.McCoy said the issue has come up repeatedly on his 2 p.m. calls with members of the state-appointed Regional Control Room, and said he witnessed the lack of enforcement himself on a recent visit to the Walmart store in Glenmont.He said Walmart, which has remained open for the entirety of the coronavirus pandemic, only recently
  • Cohoes to fight former mayor Morse unemployment claim

    Cohoes to fight former mayor Morse unemployment claim
    COHOES -- Former mayor Shawn M. Morse has filed an unemployment claim that would pay him $1,104 per week which city officials said Friday they will fight.The city received Morse’s unemployment claim from the state Labor Department Friday morning, city Comptroller Michael Durocher said. City Attorney Brian Kremer will contest Morse’s claim.
  • Cohoes to fight ex-Mayor Shawn Morse unemployment claim

    Cohoes to fight ex-Mayor Shawn Morse unemployment claim
    COHOES -- Former mayor Shawn M. Morse has filed an unemployment claim that would pay him $1,104 per week which city officials said Friday they will fight.The city received Morse’s unemployment claim from the state Labor Department Friday morning, city Comptroller Michael Durocher said. City Attorney Brian Kremer will contest Morse’s claim.
  • Big New Obstacle for Economic Recovery: Child Care Crisis

    Big New Obstacle for Economic Recovery: Child Care Crisis
    The decision to only partially reopen New York City’s public schools in September illustrates the looming threat to businesses.
  • Victims' families in Schoharie crash denounce talk of plea deal

    Victims' families in Schoharie crash denounce talk of plea deal
    GUILDERLAND — An attorney who represents some of the victims in the deadly Oct. 6, 2018 limousine crash in Schoharie said prosecutors have a plea deal in place in the case and her clients feel they've been left out of the discussions.Cynthia LaFave, an attorney for estates involved in the  limo crash, told reporters Friday they’ve been told there is a plea deal and her clients feel as if their voices are being ignored.They want the case to go to trial, she said.
  • Lawyer for victims' families in Schoharie crash denounces talk of plea deal

    Lawyer for victims' families in Schoharie crash denounces talk of plea deal
    GUILDERLAND — An attorney who represents some of the victims in the deadly Oct. 6, 2018 limousine crash in Schoharie said prosecutors have a plea deal in place in the case and her clients feel they've been left out of the discussions.Cynthia LaFave, an attorney for estates involved in the  limo crash, told reporters Friday they’ve been told there is a plea deal and her clients feel as if their voices are being ignored.They want the case to go to trial, she said.
  • Weather forces Cohoes to move "Eat in the Street" inside

    Weather forces Cohoes to move "Eat in the Street" inside
    COHOES -- The city is moving its first day of Cohoes’ “Eat in the Street” promotion indoors Friday due to inclement weather.“We are hoping for better weather next Friday so everyone can enjoy the outdoor dining we planned” said Local Development Corporation Director Debbie Jacques.
  • NY clears nursing homes, senior facilities to resume limited visitation

    NY clears nursing homes, senior facilities to resume limited visitation
    ALBANY — Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in New York got the go-ahead Friday to resume limited visitations for residents as long as they have gone 28 days without a case of COVID-19.The news was long-awaited by families and friends with loved ones in senior care facilities, who have gone more than 100 days without being able to see their loved ones in person. Family members and advocates for senior citizens said the lack of visitation appeared to take both a physical
  • New York clears nursing homes, senior facilities to resume limited visitation

    New York clears nursing homes, senior facilities to resume limited visitation
    ALBANY — Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in New York got the go-ahead Friday to resume limited visitations for residents as long as they have gone 28 days without a case of COVID-19.The news was long-awaited by families and friends with loved ones in senior care facilities, who have gone more than 100 days without being able to see their loved ones in person. Family members and advocates for senior citizens said the lack of visitation appeared to take both a physical

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